The Expendables Take Aim At TV

Sylvester Stallone is shepherding a spin-off show


by James White |
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With three movies of varying quality and box-office success out there (and more in development), you'd think that Sylvester Stallone would be quite happy with the amount of Expendables in the world. Yet he, along with producer Avi Lerner and Lionsgate have made a deal with the US Fox network to craft an “event” series based on the gun-toting franchise to hit small screens.

But with the change in venue comes a scaled-down line-up: gone are the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren and here come... Well, we don’t exactly know, as no actors have been so much as wishlisted yet, but Deadline reports that the project will likely be stocked with a Who’s Who of older, iconic telly action types and possibly some of the current crop (the Strike Back team, for example). The plot, in case you were wondering, finds this fresh assemblage heading out on a mission to stop a terrorist. Which totally ruins our idea of them forming a military flower delivery unit, codenamed PETAL (Prepared Extreme Tactical Armoured Lilies).

Stallone and Lerner are on as executive producers, while NCIS veteran writer/producer Shane Brennan will carry out the heavy lifting alongside screenwriter Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) and actor/writer Kirk Ward.

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